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Dresden: City & Semperoper Guided Walking Tour

1. Dresden: City & Semperoper Guided Walking Tour

Discover the historic city of Dresden on a guided walking tour and visit the iconic Frauenkirche. Enjoy a guided tour of the elegant Dresden Zwinger gardens and see where royalty once lived on a tour of Dresden Castle. Explore the history of music on a tour of the Semperoper opera house.  Begin your trip at Dresden Castle and head to the most famous landmark of the entire city: Frauenkirche. Marvel at the elaborately restored church from the outside and have a look at its splendid interior. Continue to the Procession of Princes, a crucial part of Saxon history, and to the Stables Courtyard of Dresden Castle. Get an idea of what these impressive buildings look like inside and see the Taschenbergpalais. Undoubtedly, a walking tour through Dresden would not be the same without seeing the Zwinger. Hear interesting and entertaining stories about Augustus II the Strong, before the tour ends at the theater square with its cathedral. Next, explore the famous Semperoper, the Saxon State Opera, and court opera, on a guided tour. Learn the history behind each turn as you tour the magnificent rooms.

Royal Castle Dresden: General Admission Ticket

2. Royal Castle Dresden: General Admission Ticket

Pre-book your admission ticket to Residenzschloss, also known as the Dresden Castle or Royal Palace, and get to know this historic site. Enrich your experience with a complimentary audio guide to help you understand the German history behind the castle. With a single ticket, gain access to Residenzschloss’ Neues Grünes Gewölbe (New Green Vault), the Turkish Chamber, the Renaissance Wing, and the Armory. Entry to the Historisches Grünes Gewölbe (Historic Green Vault) is not included. Further explore publicly accessible places such as the extensive art library, various lecture and study halls, as well as the tower known as the Hausmannsturm (available in the summer months), which affords visitors who climb its 327 steps a spectacular view of Dresden.

Dresden: Semperoper and Old Town Tour

3. Dresden: Semperoper and Old Town Tour

Take a walking tour of Dresden’s historical Old Town, and go inside the world-famous Semperoper with a local guide. Explore the Semperoper to see its grand Baroque architecture and ornate rooms, reconstructed in the original style. Head to, walk around Neumarkt, and explore other highlights like the Zwinger, Dresden Royal Palace, and Frauenkirche. Experience a tour of the Semperoper and discover the rich interiors and beautiful architecture in Italian High Renaissance style, reconstructed according to the original plans. Learn background information about the incredible acoustics in the artfully arranged auditorium. Enjoy a multi-faceted look at this breathtaking opera house and immerse yourself in its rich history. Guided visits to the Semperoper are possible nearly every day when performances or other events are not taking place. Next, soak in the ambiance of Dresden Old Town as you follow your guide to cultural highlights such as the Zwinger, Dresden Castle, Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady), and the newly-established Neumarkt. Warm up with a hot mulled wine (if option selected). Hear about how Dresden worked so hard to reconstruct its historical monuments along the way.

Dresden: Old Town Scavenger Hunt for Children

4. Dresden: Old Town Scavenger Hunt for Children

Explore the Old Town of Dresden in a unique way with your children, school class or even birthday groups on this scavenger hunt City Game Seductive Dresden. The directions for this tour are child-friendly and use the German informal address to be more appealing to children. If the kids are getting tired, the tour can be shortened accordingly. The riddles of the Old Town Kids Tour are suitable for children ages 5 and up. If the children know how to read and count, nothing should stand in the way of them solving the riddles. The City Game Box contains 11 sealed and numbered envelopes with puzzles that need to be solved. Guided by clear directions, walk the children through the beautiful Old Town of Dresden. Let the little ones solve the puzzles and lead you to the next destination. Each solved puzzle will yield a number that will tell you which envelope to open next. You will not know in advance what order the Scavenger Hunt City envelopes need to be opened. The envelopes will also contain detailed background information on each attraction - its history, its current use and much more. Decide for yourself when to start your scavenger hunt through the Old Town of Dresden, and how much time to spend at each location. Embark on an enigmatic and extraordinary tour and take a break from your City Game whenever you feel like it, or even continue your scavenger hunt on a different day – whatever the kids are in the mood for. There will be numerous cafes and restaurants along the way, inviting you to linger when you or the children are tired. Experience Dresden in a unique way with this scavenger hunt city tour. Start your tour at Theaterplatz, in the immediate vicinity of the Semperoper. Continue past the Augustus Bridge and the Catholic Court Church to Brühl's Terrace. Explore the College of Fine Arts, with its widely visible dome, and the architecturally unique New Jewish Synagogue. Of course, you can also visit the famous Frauenkirche, the Dresden Residenzschloss (Royal Palace) and the Dresden Zwinger. The information of each attraction was compiled not only for adults, but especially for children. No need to schedule your Scavenger Hunt City Tour for a certain date, simply order the City Game Box and have it delivered to your home, or make an appointment to pick it up in Dresden within the opening hours and you’re good to go.

Dresden: Historical Walking Tour and Chocolate Museum Ticket

5. Dresden: Historical Walking Tour and Chocolate Museum Ticket

Historical Walking Tour: Travel back in time, and immerse yourself in the history and culture of Dresden. Hear facts and stories from your experienced and licensed tour guide, who will bring the city's past back to life. Discover the dark times of the Middle Ages, the vigor of the Renaissance, and the grandeur of the Baroque. Explore the backgrounds of the Peaceful Revolution of 1989 and hear what it must have felt like to the people of former East and West Germany. The walking tour through the historic old town starts at Neumarkt. See Dresden's most famous attractions, including the Frauenkirche, the Semperoper, and the Baroque Zwinger. From Dresden Castle, head to Brühl's Terrace and the Procession of Princes and Stallhof, until you arrive at Dresden Cathedral. Then, follow your guide to the Taschenbergpalais and Augustus Bridge, before ending your walking tour near Frauenkirche. Chocolate Museum: Included with your tour is entry to Dresden's chocolate museum, which you can visit either before or after your walking tour. Dresden was known as Germany's "capital of chocolate" and is considered to be the place where milk chocolate was invented. From here it was exported worldwide. Experience this delicacy's fascinating history and what really good chocolate is all about. Learn surprising facts about the numerous chocolate factories in 19th-century Dresden. Discover one of the world's largest collections of chocolate moulds by Anton Reiche and trace the long path from cocoa bean to delicious chocolate. Afterward, find out what the first chocolate bars may have tasted like and what really good milk chocolate tastes like today.

Dresden: Complete Walking Tour with Frauenkirche Visit

6. Dresden: Complete Walking Tour with Frauenkirche Visit

Enjoy an insightful tour of Dresden's main highlights that brings Saxon history to life. Learn compelling stories of the heydays and current events told in an exciting and humorous way by your professional guide. Meet your guide in the city center and get kitted out with headphones to hear them clearly before setting off together on your walking tour. First, experience the city's famous buildings on a tour of the historic old town. See Stallhof and Fürstenzug, the historic Neumarkt, Schlossplatz, and Catholic Hofkirche. Step inside the Frauenkirche (The Church of our Lady) and learn about the alter, the stunning murals and the historic crypt. Marvel at the baroque splendor of the unusual nave and the impressive lower church. Then, head over to Theaterplatz which boasts the Royal Palace and Semper Opera. Enjoy a stroll across the Brühlsche Terrasse with a view of the beautiful Elbe landscape. After this, continue the tour into the Zwinger District and experience the Saxon Baroque. Enjoy up-close views of the impressive sandstone sculptures which reveal many historic stories. Learn about the former function of the statues, the festival culture at the court of Augustus the Strong, and its current use as a museum.

Dresden: Private Old Town Walking Tour

7. Dresden: Private Old Town Walking Tour

Travel back in time and immerse yourself in the history and culture of Dresden. You will be able to hear little anecdotes and big stories from your experienced and licensed tour guide, who will bring the city's past back to life. Discover the dark times of the Middle Ages, experience the vigor of the Renaissance and the grandeur of the Baroque. You can explore the backgrounds of the Peaceful Revolution of 1989, and hear what it must have felt like to the people of former East and West Germany. This walking tour through the historic old town starts at Neumarkt. From here you will see Dresden's most famous attractions, including Frauenkirche, Semperoper and the Baroque Zwinger. From Dresden Castle, head to Brühl's Terrace, the Procession of Princes and and Stallhof, until you arrive at Dresden Cathedral. Next, follow your guide to Taschenbergpalais and Augustus Bridge, before concluding your walking tour near Frauenkirche.

Dresden: Segway Tour Along the Elbe and Old Town

8. Dresden: Segway Tour Along the Elbe and Old Town

Discover the incredible Dresden Elbe Valley from a whole new perspective and see the city by Segway. Get an introduction to this trendy 2-wheeled transportation, then head on to the most famous sights of the city. Start at the Königsufer and travel to the historic Frauenkirche. Ride by the magical Dresden Castle and the famous Zwinger, then see the Semperoper and the impressive Dresden Cathedral. Enjoy the elevated view from your Segway and discover the most beautiful side of Dresden in a swift and comfortable way.

Dresden: Guided City Walk with a Cup of Coffee

9. Dresden: Guided City Walk with a Cup of Coffee

Travel back in time and immerse yourself in the history and culture of Dresden. Hear little anecdotes and big stories from your experienced and licensed tour guide who brings the city's past back to life.  Discover the dark times of the Middle Ages. Experience the vigor of the Renaissance and the grandeur of the Baroque. Explore the backgrounds of the Peaceful Revolution of 1989 and hear what it must have felt like to the people of former East and West Germany. The walking tour through the historic old town starts at Neumarkt. See Dresden's most famous attractions, including Frauenkirche, Semperoper, and the Baroque Zwinger.  Stroll by top sights like the Residenzschloss and the Fürstenzug. From Dresden Castle, head to Brühl's Terrace, the Procession of Princes, and Stallhof until you arrive at Dresden Cathedral. Next, follow your guide to Taschenbergpalais and Augustus Bridge before ending your walking tour near Frauenkirche.

Dresden City Card for 1-3 Days

10. Dresden City Card for 1-3 Days

Use the Dresden City Card to explore the capital of Saxony - experience the city's culture, enjoy leisure activities and concert performances, or dine in a restaurant. Take advantage of free transportation on the local buses, trams, and S-Bahn, as well as discounts on many more tourist offers including museums, sightseeing tours, concerts, theater shows, dining, and shopping. Museums and Exhibitions Dresden Transport Museum (-1,00 EUR) Dresden City Museum (-1,00 EUR) Carl-Maria-von-Weber Museum (-1,00 EUR) Schillerhäuschen (free) Asisi Panometer (-1,50 EUR) Sightseeing and City Tours City Sightseeing Tour with 22 stops (-2,00 EUR) Comedy Tour Dresden (-7,00 EUR) Segway Tour Dresden (-10,00 EUR) Tour of the Semperoper (Dresden opera house) (-1,00 EUR) Tours by Dresden Information (-2,00 EUR) Concerts and Theater Herkuleskeule (-10%) Staatsschauspiel (-10%) Dresden Frauenkirche (-20%) Leisure Activities in Dresden Dresden Zoo (-1,00 EUR) Dresden Suspension Railway (-1,50 EUR) Ticket to the top of the Frauenkirche dome (-2,00 EUR) You will also receive reductions in some restaurants around Dresden.

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What people are saying about Dresden Castle

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based on 8,641 reviews

We had booked a city tour and our guide had a lot of information ready for us, which she conveyed in a lively and descriptive manner. Questions were also answered comprehensively and willingly. Thanks to the small "hearing aids", we were able to understand our guide well at all times and at the same time look at everything in peace. That was really good, because at the beginning I asked myself what do we actually need the parts for? The chocolate museum belonging to the booked tour was small but nice. We had booked the small chocolate museum, but I probably wouldn't have paid the €6 entrance fee for it.

Really a MUST when visiting Dresden. The treasures are breathtaking and incredibly beautiful. Everything is very well signposted and if you get lost, the staff will help you immediately. You can get an audio guide in the new green vault for a deposit, which tells many interesting things. ATTENTION: to get into the historic Green Vault you need a special ticket for the blue hour. With this ticket you can then also visit the entire new green vault, but I recommend being there in the morning because you really need half the day to be able to see everything.

Get a lot of interesting information about Dresden. Very personable guide! I didn't find the tasting in the basement of a passage quite as stylish and the mulled wine was also a little different. I might have wished for that at a stand at one of the markets. But it didn't hurt the lead in the end.

The difference with this activity comparing to others of this type, is that you have to use basic mind abilities like imagination, logic, observation and sometimes combinatorial thinking which make it really unique. We enjoyed it at maximum. Highly recommended!

The tour guide was super professional and we did a pleasant tour of the city. Highly recommended